Last updated on August 25th, 2022 at 01:21 pm
Northgate González Market introduced the honorees of the Second Annual Juntos Award during a ceremony held at corporate headquarters this week.
Northgate Market’s Hispanic Heritage Month campaign recognizes 20 community leaders who are giving back to the community and awarded $40,000 to nonprofits in their name.
“When my family opened the doors to Northgate Market 41 years ago, we made a commitment to give back and place as a priority the health and wellness of the communities we serve,” said Miguel González, co-president of the company. “We continue to honor this legacy with the Juntos Award. This year we are paying tribute to many of our own store associates who stood as community heroes during the COVID shutdown.”
Just this past year, Northgate Market granted more than $650,000 and participated in nearly 1,000 nutrition/health events, partnering with more than 200 community organizations to help people with food insecurities. During the pandemic shutdown in 2020, the Familia Gonzalez Reynoso Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships and community giving programs.
When COVID-19 hit, one of the honorees, Northgate Market Store Team Leader Joshua González, convinced the company to open the La Habra store’s doors early for seniors, people with disabilities and pregnant women. This action set off a national trend and other grocers soon followed suit.
It is just one example of how the company’s own associates are thinking about and helping the community.
“I applaud the tremendous efforts and commitment of Northgate Market and everything they do for the community,” said Andrew Gonzalez from Champions for Health in San Diego. “I am honored to be recognized and included among this distinguished group of community leaders.”
2021 Honorees of the Northgate Market Juntos Award
Andrew Gonzalez, Champions for Health
Isabel Becerra, Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers
Milan De La Rocha, AltaMed Health Services Corp.
Andre Roberson, Power of One Foundation
Luis Patiño, Univision Los Angeles
Cherie Phipps, Western Association of Food Chains
Nelida Mendoza, City of Santa Ana councilwoman
Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Harry Sidhu, mayor of Anaheim
David Peñaloza, mayor pro tem City of Santa Ana
Jim Perry, City of Riverside councilman
Northgate Market associates
Salvador Montes, store team leader
Lorenzo Nava, store team lead
Joshua González, store team leader
Robert Esparza, senior manager of asset protection operations
Teresa Blanco, director of community engagement and wellness
Andrea González, Human Resources District 1 leader
Northgate Market vendor partners
Erick Coronado, Avocados from Mexico
Lori McPeck, General Mills
Eva Woodby, Uetek Corp.
Nonprofit organizations receiving the cash awards include Rosie’s Garage & Advance on to College; Autism Social Inland Empire; San Gabriel Mission & Rosemead Pony Baseball; Nueva Esperanza; Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers; Community Foundation of Orange; Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times; City of Hope; Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County; Santa Ana College Foundation & WISEPlace; Healthy Kids Happy Faces; The Eli Home Inc.; Jaguar Foundation; and Arlington Temporary Assistance.
Visit https://northgatemarket.com/juntos to learn more about the program and how these community heroes are making an impact.
Founded in 1980, Northgate González Market is an authentic, family-owned and operated Hispanic supermarket chain with 42 stores in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties. Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Northgate Market maintains its cultural heritage by offering its customers the best quality and freshest foods and personalized service. Northgate Market’s commitment to its communities is furthered by the González Reynoso Family Foundation by providing scholarships and assisting families in need.